Friday, March 30, 2012

The plans for the future of Cinux

For a while now I've been trying to figure out how to handle Cinux, how to guide the "present" status of the project so it can have a promising future. I came up with a few ideas but, the best idea was given to me by one of my friends, Salih. He is developing the Optimus Kernel. So, as of yesterday, I dumped the existing, poor kernel configuration I adopted last March and I joined and pledged allegiance to Salih and the Optimus Kernel. This means that there is another Greek product hosted by this project.

The kernel that the next release of Cinux will run off will be the x86 Optimus Linux kernel. The next release will be called Prime Cinux, once released Cinux 2.0, (yes, after Optimus Prime) and will, probably, be the last x86 (32-bit) release of Cinux. After that I will do my best to build a system running off the x86_64 Optimus Linux kernel. The only version of Cinux that will support both 32 and 64-bit platforms will be Cinux Play and that because I intend to make it a lightweight media center operating system.

You might have also noticed that, after Cinux 1.5 (Blue), the name of the release comes in front of the operating system's name. Cinux 1.7 (Pandora) was the first release to adopt this naming method, which is nothing more than a marketing patent. But, what does it really mean? It means that the release's name is no longer "Cinux Codename" but, "Codename" and the core's name is "Cinux".

Away from the shift on the name of the project and the kernel, I've changed my licensing policy concerning the source code written or modified (for the forked projects) by me. Which means that Cinux Player, Cinux-Get, Cinux Core Utils, CGI (Cinux Graphical Interface including the theme) and many more software will now be licensed as Proprietary software or some other less free license. This does not mean that the project will close it's custom or from scratch source but, it will simply shift from the GNU GPL v3 to a Proprietary software also remaining completely free to download and install. The only reason I'm changing the license is to avoid having people remastering Cinux and using it as "their own" Linux distro.

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